BioInterfaces is an interdisciplinary research programme of the Helmholtz association at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in collaboration with the University of Heidelberg. In a team effort, researchers from different scientific fields and disciplines systematically examine the interactions of living cells with natural and technical environments. In this way we learn from nature and so rationally design new tools to control or mimic living systems for biomedical, biotechnological and synthetic biology applications.
The BioInterfaces International Graduate School offers unique opportunities for students that are interested to work at the interfaces between biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and informatics. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the BioInterfaces Programme, research projects combine state-of-the-art approaches from these major research fields. This gives students the chance to become familiar with diverse experimental approaches and techniques and to combine them through interdisciplinary exchange between research groups. Our students benefit greatly from a unique research training that opens new horizons compared to a more traditional "single discipline" focused career. This provides the students with special opportunities to use their skills in a rapidly advancing field of complex and interdisciplinary scientific challenges.
The aim of the BioInterfaces International Graduate School is to provide an interdisciplinary environment in which the students are introduced to various major research fields. The BioInterfaces International Graduate School aims to attract outstanding students from different countries. The teaching language is thus English and all courses and lecture series are held in English. Furthermore, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Heidelberg have both agreed to permit thesis defenses in English. The BioInterfaces International Graduate School has a strong commitment to promote women in science. Thus, as a step towards gender equality, the school aims to invite an equal percentage of female and male applicants for interviews.